A penetration test is an attack on a computer system, network or web application with the purpose of finding security vulnerabilities so preventative measures can be taken. For the test, a professional ethical hacker plays the role of a cyber attacker, employing the same tools and methods that might be used in an actual attack. By finding vulnerabilities this way first, the company is able to fix any issues that may introduce a potential attack vector.
Periodic pen testing is a common requirement for compliance obligations, and for good reason. By replicating cybercriminal methods, organizations can find and fix flaws likely to be exploited. That said, be careful. The value in a pen test is diminished when not well executed. Low-cost options aimed at “checking the boxes” for compliance purposes are easy to find, but often leave a company both vulnerable and blind to critical weaknesses.
First, a goal is established. What are we trying to break into? And is the attack source from inside or outside of the network? Then, it’s homework time. What can we learn from public sources that we can leverage in the attack? And what can we ascertain about the network? Next, is the attempted penetration. Based upon the rules of the engagement, we may use common hacker tools, brute force attacks, and publicly available exploits to take advantage of any weaknesses. Once in, we take control of the asset, try to pivot into other parts of the network, assessing the extent of our exposure as we go. Finally, we gather evidence and create a report of the results. In it, our expert security analysts rate the severity of each vulnerability and provide detailed guidance for remediation.
As an organization focused 100% on cybersecurity services, our priorities never differ from the companies we serve. Our experienced penetration testing team works with you to align on sensitivities to operation disruption, applying desired force against your target to produce results that matter in a timely fashion. We confirm what’s working and identify weaknesses that need to be addressed. We care about the security of your valuable assets, period. And we know that when we apply our experience and expertise to that end, compliance follows.
Our penetration testers also have ready access to a wealth of broader security expertise. Our CISO advisors, security architecture consultants, and managed security experts help keep our team at the top of their game. It’s an unfair advantage that helps ensure meaningful results and guidance.